Troops of the Peoples Liberation Army have been taking part in recent manoeuvres in the Peoples Republic of China.
LV Chinese infantry marching (3 shots) caption over "Filmed from Canton Television"
LV & SV Troops run across snow and fire automatic weapons (3 shots)
LV & CU weapons fired (2 shots)
SV Tanks moving
SV infantry run behind tanks (3 shots)
CU Field gun
SV PAN rockets fires at hillside, explosions and smoke (4 shots)
Ground to Air shot jet aircraft
GV Explosions on ground
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Background: Troops of the Peoples Liberation Army have been taking part in recent manoeuvres in the Peoples Republic of China. This rare film of units of the army on the move was telerecorded in Hong Kong off a broadcast by Canton Television.
Although the Peoples Liberation Army has undergone a good deal of modernisation in recent years, the two and a half million man army still comprises mostly foot soldiers.
Despite a cutoff of Soviet aid in the early 1960's, the P.L.A. is thought to be relatively well equipped in infantry weapons, artillery and Soviet-style tanks -- mostly Chinese produced.
Training emphasises small-scale infantry tactics and speed and mobility rather than positional warfare. China insists that she's not planning to start any wars, but emphasises the need for military preparations to counter any that an enemy might start.
A slogan often heard in the Peoples Republic is "prepare against war," not "prepare for war."